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Uno roaster
Hi All,

I'd be interested to hear if anyone knows anything about the Uno coffee roaster. I've recently won an auction on ebay and I'm now restoring it to use again.

I believe it's late 40s, but I took some parts to a shot-blaster to have them stripped and he commented that he thought it could be later perhaps late 50s.

The machine that appears on Sweet Marias is the actual machine I've purchased.

I know there's a Turkish cafe in North London that supplies local restaurants with coffee roasted in an Uno. http://alocalfeas...ffee-shop/

There's also this Video on Youtube.

Other than this post on this forum there's very little on the web that I can find .http://forum.home...ad_id=2469

I'd be very interested to learn of any roasting tips or modifications that visitors might have made to get the best out of it.

It will be a week or two before I get it cleaned up. Here are a few pics of the Uno in pieces.
Sweet Mark, great find. Glad you followed along and got it posted. Does not look like it is in really bad shape.


I have seen it in that youtube video but thats it. Wish I could be of more help.. It very cool - very interested to see how the rebuild progresses adn how it roasts.
Honey badger 1k, Bunn LPG-2E, Technivorm, Cimbali Max Hybrid, Vibiemme Double Domo V3
Beautiful machine! Does it have the burner shield screen?

With all my searching on direct flame roasters I've never encountered any tips on using them whether it be the Uno or Whitmee varieties. I think that most of the folks using them are very guarded and obviously want to keep the mystique value at maximum as do most artisan and commercial roasters regardless of roaster type.

If I find anything I'll be sure to post it.

1/2 lb and 1 lb drum, Siemens Sirocco fluidbed, presspot, chemex, cajun biggin brewer from the backwoods of Louisiana
I would love to see the insides and any other details of the drum and burner.

Honey badger 1k, Bunn LPG-2E, Technivorm, Cimbali Max Hybrid, Vibiemme Double Domo V3
Very nice roaster. I want it as soon as you fix it all up...Roflmao
"the beer was very cold and wonderful to drink"

brew with old perc
Hi - Quick update.

Thank you for your interest in the Uno. I've dismantled all the key components apart from the drum itself. There are a few stubborn screws that I can't shift without drilling them out.

The general quality of the cast metal is quite poor, which would indicate perhaps that they were engineered around war time when metal was in short supply. Other parts are extremely well made and engineered. I get the feeling that even when the roaster left the factory it would have been unique as there are so many hand made elements.

I'd say up to 40% of the parts have been re-engineered at some time, replacement belts, the tray the beens are poured into and the box frame the drum sits on have all been renewed at some time or another. The red paint is not original its original colour was green.

I ended up having the drum bead blasted as it was the only way I could get the inside clean. It does mean I've lost some of the chrome finish, which was already thin and very pitted.

Next step will be re-painting the body and 'A' frame and then on to the really interesting bit - how does it roast?

I'll upload some more pics before I start roasting.

Additional screw on gas inlet valve, not sure why it's been added when there's a perfectly good tap. You can also just see the original green paint.
Sweet! I'm looking forward to seeing it assembled, roasting, and hearing what your comments are about the quality of coffee it makes.
What a beautiful looking roaster. Congrats!
Ciel... seeking Heaven in my cup with ................................................................................................................. EXPOBAR Brewtus II - MAZZER Mini E - MAHLK´┐ŻNIG Vario - GeneCafe - RAF-1 Extreme (Modified B-2 HOTTOP) - BellaTaiwan XJ-101
Have you roasted in the Uno yet?


screws that I can't shift without drilling them out

If you haven't done it already ..... Kroil makes a great 'penetrating' oil. Better than WD-40.
Also, may try an impact screwdriver.

Also, very nice looking machine.
I want one.

Ken in NC
Backwoods Roaster
"I wish I could taste as well as I wish I could roast."

As Abraham Lincoln said "Do not trust everything you read on the internet".
So, the flame comes from the middle section of the drum? Totally awesome roaster!

If the roaster is pictured on the SM site, send them an email! They'd be a great resource to find out about it.

Roaster: CoffeeAir II 2# DIY air roaster
Grinder: Vintage Grindmaster 500
Brewers: Vintage Cory DCU DCL, Aeropress, Press, Osaka Titanium pourover
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